WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) this week promoted two experienced members of legislative staff in Washington, DC to new positions. Laura Stevens Kent has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff, Appropriations Director & Counsel and Kristin Dini will serve as Dent’s Legislative Director.

Kent, a native of Doylestown, Bucks County, began working for Dent when he entered Congress in January 2005. Prior to joining Dent’s staff, Kent served as an assistant to former Rep. Jim Greenwood (PA-8) in his Washington, DC office. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Vermont and in 2008 earned a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center while working for Dent full-time. In her new role as Deputy Chief of Staff, Appropriations Director & Counsel, Kent will assist in the management of Dent’s Washington, DC office and oversee the Congressman’s activity in the House Committee on Appropriations. A longtime hockey fan, Kent is a ravenous Philadelphia Flyers supporter.

Dini, a native of Huff’s Church, Berks County, also joined Dent’s staff in January 2005 after working for former Pennsylvania Congressman and current U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (PA). She is a 2004 graduate of Temple University, where she earned a degree in Speech Communication. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in National Securities Studies at the Naval War College in Washington, DC. As Legislative Director, Dini will manage Dent’s policy staff, oversee the drafting of legislation and advise the Congressman on several key policy areas. Dini is an active member of her local church, having twice visited Africa to volunteer in humanitarian efforts.

“I am very proud to announce the promotions of Laura and Kristin,” Dent said. “These women have been members of my staff since the first day I arrived in Washington, DC as a Member of Congress in 2005. Their institutional knowledge of the legislative process and our region is truly invaluable. For years, Laura and Kristin have worked tirelessly for the residents of the Fifteenth District. I am extremely happy they will continue to serve the public in these new roles.”